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Guyana: Navigating Challenges and Transformations in the Heart of South America”

Guyana: Navigating Challenges and Transformations in the Heart of South America”

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Sandwiched between Venezuela and Suriname lies the unique nation of Guyana, the sole English-speaking country in South America. Since gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, Guyana has grappled with intense political rivalries rooted in ethnicity. Despite its vast tropical rainforests and abundant reserves of bauxite, gold, and timber, the nation has long struggled with poverty and faced challenges in attracting substantial investments to bolster its economy. Crude oil discovery in 2015 and commercial drilling in 2019 marked a significant turning point for Guyana’s economic landscape.

Guyana’s economic fortunes took a dramatic turn after the exploration of major offshore oil reserves. However, this newfound prosperity has not come without its share of challenges, as a century-old border dispute with Venezuela was rekindled following the discovery of these lucrative oil deposits.

Cooperative Republic of Guyana: Key Facts

Capital: Georgetown
Area: 214,970 sq km
Population: 810,900
Languages: English, Guyanese Creole, plus others
Life Expectancy: 67 years (men), 73 years (women)

In the wake of the fiercely contested March 2020 election, opposition candidate Irfaan Ali emerged victorious, becoming Guyana’s first Muslim president in August. The People’s Progressive Party-led coalition won a slim majority in the concurrent parliamentary election despite allegations of government vote-rigging.

President Ali assumed office at a critical juncture when Exxon, the US oil giant, made one of the world’s most significant oil discoveries in the deep waters off Guyana’s coast. This discovery has the potential to reshape the country’s economic future.

While Guyana’s constitution guarantees free speech, concerns have been raised about defamation laws being used against critics. A 2017 bill, requiring private broadcasters to carry government-chosen content, also sparked criticism. As of June 2022, there were 574,500 internet users, constituting 72.5% of the population.

Historical Timeline: Navigating Centuries of Challenges

Guyana’s history is a tapestry woven with diverse threads, from the semi-nomadic Amerindian tribes in the 1300s to the Dutch, French, and British colonial influences. The abolition of slavery in 1834 saw the influx of indentured workers from India, shaping the nation’s multicultural fabric.

In recent history, Guyana gained independence in 1966, and in 1978, it became the site of the infamous Jonestown massacre, involving the mass suicide of over 900 members of the People’s Temple religious sect.

When David Granger’s multiracial opposition coalition in Guyana won the general election in 2015, the 23-year rule of the Indo-Guyanese PPP party came to an end. The return of the PPP to power in 2020 coincided with significant developments in the offshore oil industry.

As of 2023, the International Court of Justice has rejected Venezuela’s objections regarding the border dispute over the oil-rich western part of Guyana. A referendum in Venezuela overwhelmingly supports the country’s claim to Essequibo, prompting Guyana to seek regional and international support against what it calls an attempted “annexation” by Venezuela.

Guyana, with its spectacular Kaieteur Falls and a history woven with triumphs and challenges, stands at the crossroads of transformation, grappling with the opportunities and complexities that its newfound oil wealth brings.

Exploring the Tapestry of Guyana: An In-Depth Look at Administrative Regions Unveiled by Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission”

In a comprehensive overview, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission has unveiled a detailed fact page on the administrative regions of Guyana, shedding light on the historical evolution and current structure of the nation’s administrative boundaries.

The historical backdrop reveals that during the Colonial Period, British Guiana was delineated into three counties: Essequibo, Demerara, and Berbice. A pivotal moment in 1958 marked the country’s reorganization into nine administrative districts: East Berbice, East Demerara, Essequibo, Essequibo Islands, Mazaruni-Potaro, North West, Rupununi, West Berbice, and West Demerara. Subsequently, in 1971, Guyana underwent another transformation, consolidating into six districts: East Berbice–Corentyne, East Demerara–West Coast Berbice, Mazaruni Potaro, North West, Rupununi, and West Demerara–Essequibo Coast. The final reorganization in 1980 culminated in the establishment of the current ten administrative regions.

The primary objective behind this restructuring was to enhance effective governance. Each administrative region is overseen by a Regional Executive Office (REO) and operates under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Local Government. The ten administrative regions of Guyana, each with its distinctive characteristics, are as follows:

Region 1 – Barima-Waini

The Barima/Waini region extends from the Atlantic Ocean at its northern extremity, which borders a narrow strip of coastal plain and extends to the tributaries of the Cuyuni and Waini River.

The region has an area of 7560 square miles (19580 square kilometers). It is primarily known for its variety in species of hardwood and hinterland forests.

Place names

  • Shell Beach (Protected Area)
  • Mabaruma (town)
  • Port Kaituma (settlement)
  • Mathews Ridge (settlement)

Economic Activities

  • Logging
  • Mining (gold, diamond)
  • Agriculture  (coffee, ground provisions, fruits)

Region 2 – Pomeroon-Supenaam

The Pomeroon/Supenaam region extends from the North-West by the Pomeroon River and on the South-West by the Supenaam River along the coast. The region has an area of 2140 square miles (5560 square kilometers). It comprises of the Hinterland forest, the Low Coastal Plain and the Hilly Sand and Clay Region.

Place Names

  • Anna Regina (Town)
  • Hampton Court (Regional cricket ground)
  • Tapakuma, Reliance and Capoey Lakes (the Tapakuma project links the three lakes into one forming a large water conservancy which supplies water for irrigation of rice fields)

Economic Activities

  • Agriculture (rice cultivation, coconuts, ground provisions, vegetables)
  • Cattle raring
  • Small scale timber production


  • Damon’s Monument

Location: Damon’s Monument is located in Anna Regina on the Essequibo Coast.

History:This Monument honours an African Labourer called Damon who was executed on October 13, 1834 for his role during a protest against the system of apprenticeship.The bronze sculpture was created by Ivor Thom and erected on July 31 1988.

Day of Rememberance:  13th October

Region 3 – Essequibo Islands-West Demerara

The Essequibo Islands / West Demerara extends from the East bank of the Essequibo River to the West Bank of the Demerara River. The Region has a number of islands at the mouth of the Essequibo River and has an area of 1460 square miles (3770 square kilometers). It comprises of mostly of the Coastal Plain, the Hilly Sand and Clay Region and small portions of the Hinterland Forest Region.

Place Names

  • Fort Island (former Dutch capital of Essequibo)
  • Wales (Sugar Estate)
  • Parika (Village and location of Ferry Stelling for boat transportation)
  • Vreed-en-Hoop (administrative center of Region 3)

Economic Activities

  • Rice Cultivation
  • Beef and Dairy Farming
  • Vegetables


  • Fort Nova Zeeelandia

History:  Fort Zeelandia, built in the year 1744 as a brick Fort to defend the interests of the Dutch West India Company against European rivals

Region 4 – Demerara-Mahaica

The Demerara/ Mahaica Region extends from the East Bank of the Demerara River to the West Bank of the Mahaica River along the coast and to the South by the Moblissa River. The region has an area of 835 square miles (2165 square kilometers). It is predominantly the Low Coastal Plain, with a small portion of the Hilly Sand and Clay Region in the South.

Place Names

  • Georgetown (Capital city and main port of Guyana)
  • Cheddi Jagan International Airport
  • University of Guyana
  • Parliament Building
  • Stabroek Market

Economic Activities

  • Rice
  • Livestock
  • Fruits and Ground Provision
  • Manufacturing (furniture, food stuff, clothing and textiles)

Region 5 – Mahaica-Berbice

The Mahaica/Berbice Region extends from the East bank of the Mahaica River to the West bank of the Berbice River. The region has an area of 1472.47 square miles (3813.67 square kilometers). It comprises of the Low Coastal Plain, the Hilly Sand and Clay Region and the Hinterland Forested Regions.

Place Names

  • Blairmont (Sugar Estate)

Economic Activities

  • Rice and sugar Production
  • Coconuts
  • Dairy Cattle Raring
  • Vegetables, ground provisions and fruits

Region 6 – East Berbice/ Corentyne

The East Berbice/ Corentyne extends from the East bank of the Berbice River to the West bank of the Corentyne River. The region has an area of 14290 square miles (37000 square kilometers). ). It comprises of the Hinterland Forest, the Low Coastal Plain and the Hilly Sand and Clay Region.

Place names

  • Skeldon (village and home of Skeldon Sugar Estate)
  • Camp Jaguar (Guyana Defense Force Military Post)
  • Orealla (Amerindian Village)
  • New Amsterdam (Town)
  • Corriverton (Town)
  • Rosehall (Town)
  • Sierra Acarai Mountain Range (Boundary between Guyana and Brazil)

Economic Activities

  • Rice and sugar production
  • Green vegetables, ground provisions
  • Coconuts
  • Cattle rearing

Region 7 – Cuyuni-Mazaruni

The Cuyuni/Mazaruni Region is bordered on the East by Venezuela and by the Essequibo River on the Western side. The region has an area of 18,400 square miles (47,650 square kilometers). It comprises of a vast amount of Forested Hinterland and a small amount of Hilly Sand and Clay region.

Place names

  • Pakaraima Mountain Range
  • Kamarang (Amerindian village)
  • Bartica (town)
  •  Mount Ayanganna
  • Mount Roraima

Economic Activities

  • Gold and diamond mining
  • Logging
  • Agriculture

Region 8 – Potaro-Siparuni

The Potaro/Siparuni Region gets its name from the Potaro and Siparuni tributaries of the Essequibo River. The region has as area of 7,850 square miles (20,330 square kilometers). It comprises of Rupununi Savannahs and Hinterland Forest.

Place names

  • Mahdia (Town)
  • Kaieteur Fall
  • Orinduik Fall
  • Iwokrama Rainforest

Economic Activities

  • Gold and diamond mining

Region 9 – Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo

The Upper Takutu/ Upper Essequibo Region is made up vast savannahs and the Kanuku and Kamoa highlands. The international border between Guyana and Brazil marks its Southern and Western boundaries. The region is the largest of the 10 with an area of 21,340 square miles (55,280 square kilometers). It comprises Hinterland Forest and Rupununi Savannahs.

Place name

  • Lethem (Town)
  • Annai (Amerindian Village)
  • Kanuku Mountain Range
  • Kanashen (Kanashen Community-Owned Conservation Area)

Economic Activities

  • Semi-precious stones mining
  • Cattle ranching
  • Tobacco, rice and peanuts

Region 10: Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice

The Upper Demerara/Upper Berbice Region is situated within the eastern center of the country and is bordered by all regions, with the exception of Regions 1, 2, and 9. The region has an area of 6,450 square miles (167,00 square kilometers) and is the only one that does not have a coastal boundary or international frontier. It comprises mostly the Hilly Sand and Clay Region and the Hinterland Forested Region.

Place names

  • Linden (Town)
  • Rockstone (Amerindian village)
  • Mabura Hill

Economic Activities

  • Bauxite mining
  • Timber
  • Agriculture (vegetables, legumes, ground provision)

Guyana’s Presidential Journey: A Timeline of Leaders”

Updated: 2020

In the rich tapestry of Guyana’s political history, the chronology of its presidents unfolds as a testament to the nation’s democratic evolution.

2020: Mohamed Irfaan Ali is a Guyanese politician serving as the tenth and current president of Guyana since 2020

2015-2020 David Arthur Granger is a Guyanese former politician and retired military officer who served as the ninth president of Guyana from 2015 to 2020

2011-2015 Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar is a Guyanese politician who was President of Guyana. He was also the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party from 1997 to 2013

1999-2011 Bharrat Jagdeo Bharrat Jagdeo assumed the presidential office in 1999, representing the People’s Progressive Party.

1997-1999 Janet Jagan Janet Jagan held the presidency from 1997 to 1999, leading the People’s Progressive Party during her tenure.

1997 Samuel Hinds In 1997, Samuel Hinds took on the role of president, demonstrating the dynamic nature of Guyana’s political landscape within the People’s Progressive Party.

1992-1997 Cheddi Jagan Cheddi Jagan, a prominent figure in Guyana’s political history, served as president from 1992 to 1997 under the banner of the People’s Progressive Party.

1985-1992 Hugh Desmond Hoyte Hugh Desmond Hoyte, representing the People’s National Congress, held the presidential reins from 1985 to 1992.

1980-1985 Forbes Burnham Forbes Burnham, a key architect of Guyana’s political landscape, led the nation as president from 1980 to 1985, also under the People’s National Congress.

1970-1980 Arthur Chung Arthur Chung marked a significant chapter in Guyana’s history as president from 1970 to 1980, playing a pivotal role within the People’s National Congress.

This chronological account, sourced from the Office of the President of Guyana, underscores the diverse leadership that has shaped the nation over the years. Guyana’s political journey reflects its people’s resilience and adaptability, highlighting the ongoing narrative of democracy in the country.

Guyana Delicacy: must-try Guyanese foods that showcase the diversity and richness of this unique cuisine.

Pepperpot A celebration of Guyana’s indigenous heritage, Pepperpot is a slow-cooked meat stew featuring beef, peppers, cinnamon, spices, and cassareep. Best enjoyed with homemade bread, it holds a special place on Christmas morning.

Cassava Bread Thin and crispy, Cassava Bread is crafted from grated cassava, offering a rice cracker-like taste. Ideal for pairing with peanut butter or avocado as a delightful snack.

Farine Made from cassava root flour, Farine has a couscous-like consistency. Its mild taste complements well with flavorful curries or spiced vegetables.

Metemgee A hearty soup blending African influences, Metemgee features vegetables, plantains, yams, cassava, sweet potatoes, and meat simmered in coconut milk broth.

Cook up Rice A customizable blend of peas, rice, meat, and coconut milk, Cook up Rice is a heartwarming dish with variations using different beans, peas, and meats.

Curry and Roti Reflecting East Indian origins, this dish combines meat with curry powder and masala, served with roti, rice, or dhal puri.

Dhal An Indian-inspired soup, Dhal is made by boiling yellow split peas with garlic and spices, creating a flavorful gravy for pairing with meat or vegetables.

Coconut Choka Ground fire-roasted coconut seasoned with onion, garlic, and pepper, Coconut Choka adds zest to rice and dhal.

Seven Curry A feast of seven curries—potato, channa, eggplant, eddoes, pumpkin, spinach, and katahar—served with rice, dhal, and chutney on a giant water lily leaf.

Bake and Saltfish A typical breakfast featuring fried dough and saltfish, Bake and Saltfish boasts a crispy outer shell and a soft, pillowy inside.

Continue the culinary exploration with dishes like Black or White Pudding, Garlic Pork, Black Cake, Guyanese Fried Rice, Chowmein, Wild Meat, Pholourie, Egg Balls, Plantain Chips, Tennis Roll and Cheese, Fried Fish and Bread, Gun Oil, Pastries and Patties, and more.

Sorrel Drink: A Refreshing Guyanese Beverage While not a food, Sorrel Drink is a popular Guyanese beverage with West African origins. Made from hibiscus sepals, the vibrant red liquid is sweetened and served over ice, sometimes with added alcohol for an extra kick.

Tamarind Balls, Coconut Buns, Potato Ball, and Honey Roasted Peanuts: Delightful Guyanese Desserts and Snacks Explore the sweet side of Guyanese cuisine with crowd-pleasers like Tamarind Balls, Coconut Buns, Potato balls, and honey-roasted peanuts, offering a perfect balance of flavors.

Exploring the Hidden Gems: 30 Must-Visit Places in the Enchanting Land of Guyana

Welcome, fellow adventurers, to the captivating land of Guyana, a South American gem waiting to be discovered. With its rich biodiversity, cultural heritage, and stunning landscapes, Guyana offers a plethora of unique destinations for every type of traveler. Join us on a virtual journey as we highlight 30 must-visit places that showcase the beauty and diversity of this extraordinary country.

1. Kaieteur Falls Begin your exploration with a visit to Kaieteur Falls, one of the world’s tallest single-drop waterfalls. The sheer power and natural beauty of this majestic cascade will leave you in awe.

2. Iwokrama Rainforest: Immerse yourself in the heart of Guyana’s rainforest at Iwokrama, a vast wilderness boasting diverse flora and fauna. Explore hiking trails and canopy walks for a truly immersive experience.

3. Shell Beach For nature enthusiasts, Shell Beach is a nesting ground for four species of endangered sea turtles. Witness the magical sight of turtles laying their eggs under the moonlit sky.

4. Rupununi Savanna Discover the expansive Rupununi Savanna, home to diverse wildlife and indigenous communities. Take a safari to witness the untamed beauty of this vast grassland.

5. Mount Roraima Embark on a trek to Mount Roraima, a towering tabletop mountain that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World.” Marvel at unique landscapes and endemic species.

6. Guyana Zoo Get up close and personal with Guyana’s wildlife at the Guyana Zoo, home to a variety of indigenous species, including the elusive jaguar and colorful birds.

7. St. George’s Cathedral Explore the historic St. George’s Cathedral in Georgetown, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the tallest wooden building in the world.

8. Arrowpoint Nature Resort Escape to Arrowpoint Nature Resort for a serene retreat amidst nature. Enjoy water activities, bird watching, and relaxation in this eco-friendly haven.

9. Essequibo River Cruise along the Essequibo River, the longest in Guyana, and witness the charming riverine communities, dense forests, and diverse bird species.

10. Kanuku Mountains Hike through the Kanuku Mountains, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and witness the unique biodiversity of this pristine wilderness.

11. Georgetown’s Historic District Wander through the charming streets of Georgetown’s Historic District, where colonial architecture and vibrant markets tell the tales of Guyana’s past.

12. Baganara Island Resort Indulge in luxury at Baganara Island Resort, nestled on an island in the Essequibo River. Enjoy water sports, relaxation, and breathtaking sunsets.

13. Awarmie Mountain Adventure seekers head to Awarmie Mountain for a challenging climb and panoramic views of the surrounding rainforest and mountains.

14. Guyana National Museum Delve into Guyana’s history at the National Museum in Georgetown, featuring exhibits on the country’s indigenous cultures, colonial era, and independence.

15. Kabakaburi Experience the rich Amerindian culture in Kabakaburi, an indigenous village on the Pomeroon River. Engage with the locals and learn about their traditions.

16. Sloth Island Natural Reserve Visit Sloth Island Natural Reserve for a chance to see rehabilitated sloths up close. Support conservation efforts and witness these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

17. Aruwai Resort White H2O Seek adventure at Aruwai Resort White H2O, where thrilling water activities like white-water rafting await. Experience the adrenaline rush amidst Guyana’s stunning landscapes.

18. Lethem Explore the border town of Lethem, a gateway to the Rupununi region. Experience the unique blend of Guyanese and Brazilian cultures in this vibrant community.

19. Orinduik Falls Marvel at the picturesque Orinduik Falls on the Ireng River, near the border with Brazil. The stepped cascades and tranquil surroundings make for a perfect retreat.

20. Guyana Botanical Gardens Stroll through the Guyana Botanical Gardens in Georgetown, home to diverse plant species and the famous giant water lilies.

21. Mashabo Village Discover the warmth of Guyana’s interior by visiting Mashabo Village. Engage with the Makushi people and partake in traditional ceremonies.

22. Kumu Falls Escape to the secluded Kumu Falls for a refreshing swim in crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush greenery.

23. South Rupununi Conservation Society Support conservation efforts by visiting the South Rupununi Conservation Society. Learn about sustainable practices and community-led initiatives.

24. Castellani House Art enthusiasts, explore Castellani House in Georgetown, showcasing contemporary Guyanese art and cultural exhibitions.

25. Maruranau Village Experience the hospitality of the indigenous Makushi people in Maruranau Village. Participate in cultural activities and share stories around the communal fire.

26. Marshall Falls Embark on a journey to Marshall Falls, a hidden gem in the Rupununi, surrounded by dense rainforest and providing a tranquil setting for relaxation.

27. Potaro-Siparuni Region Venture into the Potaro-Siparuni Region, home to pristine landscapes, including the stunning Kaieteur National Park and its breathtaking waterfalls.

28. Baganara Island Escape to Baganara Island, a private island resort offering a secluded paradise with pristine beaches and lush surroundings.

29. Kamarang Discover the quaint town of Kamarang, nestled along the Mazaruni River, and explore its historic sites and vibrant local culture.

30. Mahaica River Conclude your Guyanese adventure with a serene boat ride along the Mahaica River, where mangroves and riverbanks create a peaceful and picturesque setting.

Guyana, with its untouched landscapes and warm hospitality, invites you to explore its hidden treasures. Whether you seek adventure, cultural immersion, or relaxation, this South American gem promises an unforgettable journey. Pack your bags, and let Guyana unveil its wonders to you!

Embarking on a career journey in the culturally rich and diverse nation of Guyana can be an exciting and rewarding experience. As the country continues to grow and develop, the job market presents numerous opportunities for individuals eager to contribute their skills and talents. Whether you’re a local resident or an international professional looking to explore career prospects, this guide will walk you through the steps to secure meaningful employment in Guyana.

1. Understand the Job Market Landscape: Begin your job search by gaining a comprehensive understanding of Guyana’s job market. Research industries that align with your skills, interests, and career goals. Key sectors in Guyana include agriculture, mining, oil and gas, tourism, and services.

2. Build a Strong Professional Network: Networking is a powerful tool in any job search. Attend industry events, seminars, and workshops to connect with professionals in your field. Join online platforms like LinkedIn to expand your network and stay updated on job openings and industry trends.

3. Explore Online Job Portals: Utilize online job portals specific to Guyana to browse and apply for vacancies. Platforms such as GuyanaJobsOnline and CaribbeanJobs offer a range of job opportunities across different sectors. Regularly check these portals for updated listings.

4. Collaborate with Recruitment Agencies: Engage with local recruitment agencies that specialize in connecting candidates with suitable employers. Agencies like Sterling Products Limited and Massy Technologies provide recruitment services and can assist you in finding the right job match.

5. Tailor Your Resume: Customize your resume to highlight your skills and experiences relevant to the Guyanese job market. Emphasize any cross-cultural experiences, language proficiency, and adaptability, as these qualities are highly valued in a diverse workplace.

6. Research Companies: Before applying for positions, research potential employers in Guyana. Understand their values, work culture, and recent projects. Tailor your application to demonstrate how your skills align with the company’s needs and goals.

7. Leverage Social Media: Leverage the power of social media to enhance your job search. Follow companies you’re interested in on platforms like Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about job openings and company updates. Engage with their content to showcase your genuine interest.

8. Consider Internships and Volunteering: If you’re new to the job market or changing careers, consider internships or volunteer opportunities. This not only adds valuable experience to your resume but also allows you to establish connections within your chosen industry.

9. Brush Up on Language Skills: In a multilingual society like Guyana, language proficiency is an asset. Ensure that your language skills, especially in English, are strong, as it is the official language. Knowledge of other languages, such as Creole, can also be advantageous.

10. Stay Persistent and Positive: Job searching can be a journey with its highs and lows. Stay persistent, maintain a positive mindset, and learn from each application or interview experience. Networking and building relationships take time, so be patient in your pursuit.

11. Attend Job Fairs and Career Expos: Keep an eye out for job fairs and career expos happening in Guyana. These events provide an excellent opportunity to meet recruiters face-to-face, submit resumes, and gain insights into various industries.

12. Professional Development: Invest in continuous professional development to enhance your skills and stay competitive. Attend workshops, webinars, and training programs relevant to your field, showcasing your commitment to ongoing learning.

Key Government Officials in Guyana and Contact Information – Office of the President Reveals Cabinet Details

In an official communication from the Office of the President, the contact information for key government officials has been disclosed. This includes ministers and their respective ministries, offering citizens and stakeholders easy access to the individuals responsible for various sectors. The list is as follows:

Hon. Brig. (R’td) Mark Phillips, Prime Minister

Address: Colgrain House, 205 Camp St., Nth C/burg, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 225 2705

. Hon. Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Vice President

Address: Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 225 7270
Fax: (592) 227 4806

Hon. Kwame McCoy, Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister

Address: Colgrain House, 205 Camp St., Nth C/burg, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 225 2705

Hon. Zulfikar Mustapha, Minister

Ministry of Agriculture
Address: Regent & Vlissengen Road, Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 223 7844, 225 1565
Fax: (592) 227 3638

Hon. Charles Ramson, MinisterCulture, Youth and Sport
Address: 71-72 Main Street, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 227 7860

Hon. Bishop Juan A. Edghill, Minister

Ministry of Public Works
Address: Wight’s Lane, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 227 0799
Hon. Deodat Indar, Minister within the Ministry

Ministry of Public Works
Address: Wight’s Lane, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 227 0799

Hon. Pauline Sukhai, Minister

Ministry Amerindian Affairs
Address: 251-252 Thomas & Quamina Streets, Queenstown, Georgetown
Tel: (592) 226 5167
Hon. Dr. Ashni Singh, Senior Minister
Office of the President with Responsibility for Finance
Ministry of Finance
Address: Main & Uruquhart Streets, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 227 3992
Fax: (592) 226 1284

Hon. Vickram Bharrat, Minister
Ministry of Natural Resources
Address: 96 Duke Street, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana, 0592
Tel: (592) 231 2519

Hon. Anil Nandlall, Attorney General
Attorney-General Chambers & Ministry of Legal Affairs
Address: 95 Carmichael Street, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 227 0700, 231 7178
Fax: 227 5419

Hon. Oneidge Walrond, Minister
Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce
Address: 229 South Road, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 226 2505

Hon. Dr Vindhya Persaud, Minister
Ministry of Human Services and Social Security
Address: Lamaha & East Streets, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 225 4186

Hon. Frank Anthony, Minister
Ministry of Health
Address: Lot 1 Brickdam, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 225 6480

Hon. Gail Teixeira, Minister
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance
Address: 105 New Garden Street, Queenstown
Tel: 226-5272, 226-5270

Hon. Robeson Benn, Minister
Ministry of Home Affairs
Address: 6 Brickdam, Georgetown, Guyana
Telephone #: (592) 225-7270
Fax #: (592) 227-4806
Switch Board: 226-171

Hon. Priya Manickchand, Minister
Ministry of Education
Address: 26 Brickdam, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 223-7900

Hon. Hugh Todd, Minister
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Address: 254 South Road & Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 226-1606/8, 225-6467

Hon. Collin Croal, Minister
Ministry of Housing and Water
Address: 41 Brickdam United Nations Place Stabroek, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 226-0489
Email: OR

Hon. Susan Rodrigues, Minister within the Ministry of Housing and Water
Address: 41 Brickdam United Nations Place Stabroek, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: +592 225-6452
Email: OR

Hon. Joseph Hamilton, Minister of Labour
Ministry of Labour
Address: Lot 82 Brickdam, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 2268739

Hon. Nigel Dharamlall, Minister
Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development
Address: De Winkle Building, Fort Street, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana

Hon. Anand Persaud, Minister within the Ministry
Address: De Winkle Building, Fort Street, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana

Hon. Savitri Sonia Parag, Minister
Ministry of Public Service
Address: 164 Waterloo Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown, Guyana
General Office – 225-1510
Minister’s Office – 225-7350 | 227-1079
Scholarship Department: 226 – 8732
Training Division – 225 – 0710

This comprehensive directory serves as a valuable resource for citizens and stakeholders seeking to engage with government officials and ministries. The Office of the President encourages the public to utilize the provided contact information for matters related to the respective ministries, furthering the government’s commitment to transparency and accessibility.

What is the name of the Opposition Leader in Guyana ?

Aubrey Norton is a Guyanese politician serving as Leader of the Opposition and as a member of the National Assembly since April 2022.

Aubrey Norton Assumes Leadership Roles in Guyana’s Political Landscape

Georgetown, April 14, 2022 – Aubrey Norton, a prominent Guyanese politician, has taken on significant leadership positions in the country’s political arena, marking a pivotal moment in his career.

Norton, currently serving as the Leader of the Opposition and a member of the National Assembly since April 13, 2022, assumed office amidst political changes in Guyana. His appointment follows the resignation of Joseph Harmon, and he succeeded Harmon as the Leader of the Opposition. Norton’s political journey has been marked by both accomplishments and challenges, shaping his role in Guyanese politics.

A product of the University of Guyana and the University of Kent, Norton has been actively involved in politics from a young age. He was a member of the Youth Socialist Movement, the youth arm of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR). Norton’s dedication to political science led him to complete his education in Cuba and the United Kingdom, earning a diploma and a Master’s degree, respectively.

Norton’s early career saw him rise to the position of General Secretary of the PNCR in 1997, becoming one of the party’s youngest General Secretaries at the time. However, a dismissal by party leader Desmond Hoyte in the late 1990s marked a challenging period for Norton. Despite these setbacks, he served as a parliamentarian for the PNCR from 1998 to 2001.

In 2011, Norton played a crucial role in regaining a parliamentary seat in Region 10, previously held by the Alliance for Change since 2006. He later faced internal party challenges, including a failed leadership bid in 2014 and expulsion from the party executive in 2009 due to a split with Robert Corbin.

Notably, Norton’s political landscape shifted in December 2021 when he was elected as the Leader of the People’s National Congress party, succeeding David A. Granger. The victory was decisive, with Norton securing 967 out of 1,200 votes. He officially assumed the role on December 20, 2021.

Following his election, Norton’s political views have come under scrutiny, characterized as having a “working class ideology.” He has been vocal about his criticism of the 2020 Guyanese general election, questioning the legitimacy of President Irfaan Ali’s status. Norton’s actions, such as refusing to shake the President’s hand, have been interpreted as political statements against the government.

Despite his recent successes, Norton has faced challenges within his party, as seen in the public withdrawal of Dr. Richard Van-West Charles from his advisory role. Norton’s leadership style and decision-making processes have been subjects of public scrutiny, adding a layer of complexity to his tenure.

As Aubrey Norton takes on his dual role as Leader of the Opposition and a member of the National Assembly, Guyana watches closely to see how his leadership will impact the country’s political landscape

Healthcare is a fundamental aspect of any community, and in Guyana, a diverse South American nation, several hospitals and healthcare institutions play a crucial role in providing quality medical services. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, having knowledge of the healthcare landscape is essential for accessing the right medical care. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore a range of public and private hospitals across Guyana, each contributing to the nation’s healthcare infrastructure.

Public Hospitals:

1. Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC):

  • Location: Georgetown
  • Overview: As the largest and most comprehensive medical facility in Guyana, GPHC serves as a tertiary care institution. It offers a broad spectrum of services, including emergency care, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics.

2. Linden Hospital Complex:

  • Location: Linden
  • Overview: The Linden Hospital Complex caters to the healthcare needs of residents in the Upper Demerara-Berbice region. It provides general medical services, maternal care, and emergency services.

3. New Amsterdam Hospital:

  • Location: East Berbice-Corentyne
  • Overview: Serving the eastern region, New Amsterdam Hospital offers outpatient care, surgery, and diagnostic services, contributing significantly to the healthcare infrastructure.

4. Skeldon Hospital:

  • Location: Corentyne
  • Overview: Skeldon Hospital plays a vital role in providing essential medical services to the local population, emphasizing the importance of accessible healthcare in the Corentyne region.

5. Suddie Public Hospital:

  • Location: Essequibo Islands-West Demerara
  • Overview: Suddie Public Hospital serves as a healthcare hub for the region, offering a range of medical services, including emergency care, outpatient services, and maternal care.

6. West Demerara Regional Hospital:

  • Location: West Demerara/Essequibo Islands
  • Overview: West Demerara Regional Hospital is an essential healthcare facility in the region, contributing to the well-being of the local population.

7. Fort Wellington Hospital:

  • Location: Mahaica-Berbice
  • Overview: Fort Wellington Hospital plays a key role in providing healthcare services to residents in the Mahaica-Berbice region.

8. Bartica Regional Hospital:

  • Location: Cuyuni-Mazaruni
  • Overview: Serving the Cuyuni-Mazaruni region, Bartica Regional Hospital provides crucial healthcare services to its community.

9. Mahdia District Hospital:

  • Location: Potaro-Siparuni
  • Overview: Mahdia District Hospital serves the healthcare needs of residents in the Potaro-Siparuni region.

10. Lethem Regional Hospital: – Location: Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo – Overview: Lethem Regional Hospital is a significant healthcare provider, contributing to the well-being of residents in the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo region.

Private Hospitals and Clinics:

1. Woodlands Hospital:

  • Location: Georgetown
  • Overview: Woodlands Hospital is a private healthcare institution known for its commitment to providing compassionate and quality care. It offers a range of medical services, making it an essential part of Georgetown’s healthcare landscape.

2. Balwant Singh Hospital:

  • Location: Georgetown
  • Overview: Balwant Singh Hospital is another private healthcare facility in Georgetown, providing a spectrum of medical services to the community.

3. Mercy Hospital:

  • Location: Georgetown
  • Overview: Mercy Hospital is recognized for its patient-centered approach and modern facilities, contributing to the private healthcare sector in Georgetown.

4. Dr. Balwant Singh’s Hospital Extension:

  • Location: Georgetown
  • Overview: Dr. Balwant Singh’s Hospital Extension is an extension of the well-known healthcare institution, offering additional medical services to the community.

5. Caribbean Heart Institute:

  • Location: Georgetown
  • Overview: The Caribbean Heart Institute specializes in cardiovascular care, providing critical services to those in need of heart-related medical attention.

Understanding the diverse healthcare facilities across Guyana is crucial for making informed decisions about medical care. Whether you are seeking routine check-ups or emergency assistance, these hospitals form the backbone of the country’s healthcare system. Always check with specific hospitals for the latest information on services, facilities, and any additional resources they may offer. For more comprehensive information, the Ministry of Public Health in Guyana is an excellent resource on healthcare policies and initiatives nationwide. Your health is a priority, and Guyana’s healthcare institutions are dedicated to providing the best possible care to residents and visitors alike.

Ensuring Safety: A Guide to Police Stations in Guyana

Safety is a fundamental aspect of any community, and in Guyana, a South American nation known for its diverse culture and landscapes, law enforcement plays a crucial role in maintaining order. Whether you’re a resident seeking assistance or a visitor in need, knowing the locations of police stations is vital. In this blog post, we’ll explore a list of police stations across Guyana, providing a guide to where individuals can seek help and report incidents.

Georgetown Division:

1. Brickdam Police Station:

  • Location: Brickdam, Georgetown
  • Overview: Serving the heart of Georgetown, Brickdam Police Station plays a central role in maintaining law and order in the capital city.

2. Alberttown Police Station:

  • Location: Alberttown, Georgetown
  • Overview: Alberttown Police Station is strategically located to address the safety needs of residents in the Alberttown area.

3. East La Penitence Police Station:

  • Location: East La Penitence, Georgetown
  • Overview: Ensuring the safety of the East La Penitence community, this police station is an essential presence in the area.

East Coast Demerara Division:

4. Cove and John Police Station:

  • Location: Cove and John, East Coast Demerara
  • Overview: Serving the East Coast Demerara region, Cove and John Police Station is committed to safeguarding the community.

5. Sparendaam Police Station:

  • Location: Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara
  • Overview: Residents in and around Sparendaam can rely on this police station for assistance and protection.

East Bank Demerara Division:

6. Providence Police Station:

  • Location: Providence, East Bank Demerara
  • Overview: Positioned in Providence, this police station serves as a vital point for addressing safety concerns on the East Bank Demerara.

7. Timehri Police Station:

  • Location: Timehri, East Bank Demerara
  • Overview: Ensuring the safety of the Timehri community, this police station plays a critical role in law enforcement in the region.

Berbice Division:

8. Central Police Station (New Amsterdam):

  • Location: New Amsterdam, Berbice
  • Overview: New Amsterdam’s Central Police Station serves as a key law enforcement hub in the Berbice region.

9. Rose Hall Police Station:

  • Location: Rose Hall, Berbice
  • Overview: Residents in and around Rose Hall can rely on this police station for support and security.

Interior Locations:

10. Lethem Police Station:

  • Location: Lethem, Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo
  • Overview: Lethem Police Station plays a crucial role in maintaining law and order in the interior region.

11. Bartica Police Station:

  • Location: Bartica, Cuyuni-Mazaruni
  • Overview: Ensuring the safety of Bartica and surrounding areas, this police station is a central point for law enforcement.

Tips for Seeking Police Assistance:

  1. Emergency Hotline: In case of emergencies, dial 911 for immediate assistance.
  2. Visit Nearest Station: If you need to report an incident or seek help, visit the nearest police station from your location.
  3. Provide Information: When reporting an incident, provide as much information as possible to assist law enforcement.

Knowing the locations of police stations is essential for fostering a safer community. Whether you need assistance or want to report an incident, these police stations across Guyana are ready to address safety concerns and uphold the rule of law. Stay informed, stay safe!

Becoming a Guardian of Justice: A Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a Police Officer in Guyana

Embarking on a career as a police officer is a noble and challenging endeavor that requires dedication, integrity, and a commitment to upholding the law. In Guyana, a diverse and culturally rich nation, the role of a police officer is crucial in maintaining peace and ensuring the safety of communities. If you aspire to join the ranks of those who serve and protect, this guide will walk you through the steps to become a police officer in Guyana.

1. Understand the Role of a Police Officer: Begin your journey by gaining a comprehensive understanding of the responsibilities and duties of a police officer. In Guyana, the police force plays a vital role in enforcing laws, preventing crime, and ensuring public safety.

2. Educational Requirements: To qualify for entry into the Guyana Police Force (GPF), you must meet certain educational requirements. Typically, candidates should have a minimum of five subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level, including English and Mathematics.

3. Age and Citizenship Requirements: Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 35 to apply to become a police officer in Guyana. Additionally, applicants should be Guyanese citizens or Commonwealth citizens who have been resident in Guyana for at least one year preceding the date of application.

4. Physical Fitness: Physical fitness is a crucial aspect of being a police officer. Applicants are required to undergo a physical fitness test to ensure they possess the stamina and strength necessary for the demands of the job.

5. Application Process: Keep an eye on official announcements from the Guyana Police Force regarding recruitment. When applications are open, obtain the necessary application form from designated police stations or online portals. Fill out the form accurately, providing all required information.

6. Written Examination: Applicants are typically required to undergo a written examination to assess their knowledge, analytical skills, and understanding of relevant subjects. Prepare thoroughly by reviewing general knowledge, current affairs, and basic policing principles.

7. Interview and Background Check: Shortlisted candidates will undergo an interview process to assess their suitability for the role. Additionally, a thorough background check will be conducted to ensure candidates have a clean record and meet the ethical standards expected of police officers.

8. Police Training Academy: Successful candidates will undergo training at the Police Training Centre in Guyana. The training program covers a range of subjects, including law, community policing, firearms training, and physical fitness. It aims to equip recruits with the skills and knowledge necessary for effective policing.

9. Specialized Training and Career Advancement: Upon completing basic training, police officers may have opportunities for specialized training in areas such as criminal investigations, traffic management, or community policing. The Guyana Police Force encourages continuous professional development, and officers can advance through the ranks based on their performance and experience.

10. Stay Informed and Updated: Throughout your career as a police officer, stay informed about changes in laws, policing techniques, and community needs. Attend relevant workshops, seminars, and training programs to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Greetings, fellow drivers and aspiring road enthusiasts! We’re excited to bring you the latest scoop from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on securing your Provisional Driver’s Licence. Buckle up as we explore the ins and outs of this essential step for anyone eager to hit the streets of Guyana.

Understanding the Provisional Driver’s Licence:

If you’ve aced your theoretical driver’s examination and can’t wait to put those skills to the test on Guyana’s roads, the Provisional Driver’s Licence is your golden ticket. However, it’s crucial to note that this licence is a temporary pass and doesn’t grant you full-fledged driver status just yet.

Application Requirements:

Whether you’re a first-time applicant or seeking to renew your licence, the GRA has a set of requirements to ensure a seamless process. Here’s your checklist:

  1. Completed Application Form: Kickstart your journey by filling out the application form – the key to unlocking your driving adventures.
  2. Pass Letter from the Traffic Chief: Obtain and include both the copy and original pass letter from the Office of the Traffic Chief at the Guyana Police Force. This letter confirms your success in the theoretical driver’s examination.
  3. Passport-sized Photographs: Two passport-sized photographs – because every aspiring driver needs a good photo for their licence!
  4. Valid Identification Copy: Include a copy of your valid identification, be it an ID card or passport, to verify your identity throughout the process.

Important Note:

Keep in mind that the Provisional Driver’s Licence is a temporary pass, providing you with the opportunity to refine your skills before earning full driver qualifications.


As you embark on this exciting journey to obtain your Provisional Driver’s Licence, follow these steps diligently to ensure a smooth ride. The GRA is committed to maintaining safety standards on Guyana’s roads, and this process is designed to help you navigate with confidence.

So, gear up and hit the road – your Provisional Driver’s Licence awaits! Safe travels, and may your driving adventures be nothing short of amazing.

Unlocking Homeownership Dreams: Your Guide to Applying for a House Lot in Guyana”

Dreaming of owning a home in the picturesque landscapes of Guyana? Well, the wait is over! The Guyanese government has introduced a new initiative that streamlines the process of applying for house lots, making it easier than ever for you to take the first step toward homeownership.

Seizing the Opportunity

If you’re a proud Guyanese citizen aged 21 or above, you are now eligible to apply for a house lot at the affordable cost of $200. To guide you through the application journey, a comprehensive video has been created, breaking down each step to ensure a smooth and successful submission.

Accessible Application Process

Getting started is a breeze. You can access the application forms online at or pick up a physical copy from the Ministry of Housing and Water, conveniently located at Brick Dam and United Nations Place in Georgetown. What’s even better? You can complete the entire application process in just one day, making homeownership more accessible than ever.

Essential Documents

To make your application process seamless, make sure you have copies of essential documents on hand. These include your birth certificate, national ID card or passport, employment letter, marked certificates, tint certificate, and a deed poll if needed.

The Interview Process

During the application and interview process, be prepared to answer questions about your contact details, current living situation, monthly income, and your preferences for residential or commercial lots. If your preferred region is unavailable, you have the option to choose an alternative.

Financial Flexibility

Once offered a house lot, a down payment of at least 50% is required within the first month, with the remaining balance payable over the following six months. You also get an additional six months grace period before starting construction on your new property.

Tailored to Your Income

The initiative caters to various income levels, ensuring that there’s an option for everyone. Based on your interview and income assessment, you might qualify for middle-income land.

What’s Next?

After completing the application and interview process, the Ministry of Housing will get in touch with you at a later date to discuss the availability of land and guide you through the next steps.

This initiative is a giant leap forward in making homeownership dreams a reality for the citizens of Guyana. With a simplified and user-friendly application process, more individuals can now turn their dreams into reality. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to secure a house lot and kickstart your journey towards homeownership. The keys to your dream home are now within reach!